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About Eva

About Eva

I received my MFA in Fiction Writing in 2009 from the University of New Orleans then went right back to teaching high school math.  (I have a minor in math from the College of William and Mary).  It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I decided to quit teaching and truly focus on my writing.  I started this blog to hold me accountable to the goal of writing every day and seeing a novel to completion.

Since then, I have written four novels and am at work on another.  In 2014, I got an agent at a reputable literary agency.  In 2015, before he had a chance to submit my middle-grade novel to editors, he quit his job, and so I am (again) seeking representation.

In addition to writing, I tutor middle and high school students, write math curriculum, practice yoga, and mother my adorable baby girl.

Follow me on Twitter:  @eva_langston.

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If I can do this, I can certainly write a novel!

The Garden

Writing is a lot like gardening.

Seeds are planted: a snatch of overheard dialogue, an intriguing person you used to know. The seeds are buried in your subconscious, and for a long time it seems as if your plots are empty.  But then, overnight, something pokes out of the ground: an idea!  The idea gives birth to a story that grows fat  until it’s ripe enough to be picked.

But only if the garden is watered.

When I was younger, I thought my writing was inspired by a muse.  An idea would spring forth out of my head as if it had come from nowhere.  I thought I just had to sit back and wait for inspiration to strike.  But now I realize that to make a seed sprout and grow, I need to write every day.  It doesn’t matter so much what I write.  My plots might seem empty right now, but I will use this blog to water my mind with words and hope one day my garden will bear fruit.

14 responses »

  1. Best of luck with your writing 🙂 We are all in it together.. 🙂

  2. Hi, Eva. I am really loving your blog. So awesome you are getting a chance to focus on your writing, I wish you luck and motivation against laziness (which I have a lot of trouble with). I found your story “Red” at Blood Lotus Journal (they recently accepted a story of mine) and I just loved it. It was unsetlling and too short. I really wanted more from that character. I even blogged a little review about it, along with my own shameless self-promotion of getting published at a great journal such as that.

    I was wondering, if you get the chance, might you visit my blog and click follow? I am trying to raise members/readers.

    Thanks for your time. I look forward to checking out more of your work!


  3. Hi, Eva!

    I am loving your blog. So awesome that you are able to take time to focus on your writing. I wish you luck and motivation against writer laziness (which I have a lot of trouble with). I found your story, “Red” at Blood Lotus Journal. They recently accepted a story of mine, and I was blown away by your short. It was unsettling and ended too soon. I so much wanted to read more about that character. I even blogged about it on my site, while shamelessly self-promoting about getting publshed at a great journal such as Blood Lotus.

    If you get the time, I was wondering if you might visit my site and click follow? I’m trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to build up members and would love to hear what you think!

    A Little Literary, (a lotta Coffee)

    Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you!


  4. Gah! I’m sorry for the double comment. Not sure what is going on with my fickle account. Please feel free to take it down!

  5. I stumbled across your site as I was browsing the blogosphere.

    You write very well. I don’t like to brag (or at least I don’t like it to be known that I brag), but some of your writing read like an estrogen-induced version of my own writing. (Believe me, that’s high praise.) And there is no way I can do the splits.

    I have nominated you for an “Inspiring Blogger” award. If you would like to accept and join the party, you could meet me here –

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  12. I found my way here via Sue Archer at Doorway Between Worlds and am happy to discover another writer. I’m looking forward to reading more. 🙂

  13. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. The post about it goes live tomorrow so whenever you get a chance, check out the link!!!

  14. Hi Eva, I think your site’s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so I’m following! 🙂
    I really enjoy your posts and look forward to your next.
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing:


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